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UN alarmed at deterioration in Afghan human rights

AT News KABUL: United Nations in Afghanistan said on Wednesday it was alarmed by recent acts of violence in the country which is marking a sharp deterioration in the human rights environment there. “We are increasingly concerned about the increasing number of reported severe human rights abuses alleged in communities …

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Kabul calls on Islamabad to stop support of Taliban

AT News KABUL: The Afghan government called regional countries, particularly to cooperate in “closing shelters and ceasing funding sources” to the Taliban. The ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement that Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar in a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi, discussed the regional cooperation …

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Amnesty condemns Taliban’s execution of commandos in Faryab

AT News KABUL: Amnesty International has condemned the Taliban for killing a group of Afghan commandos after they surrendered in Faryab province last month. Following the release of a video by CNN of Taliban firing at a group of 22 army commandos in Faryab in June, Amnesty International called it …

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Civilians pay war price in Afghanistan, says EU

AT News KABUL: The European Union says that the current war in Afghanistan costs civilians’ lives. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said Wednesday that the war has a great impact on civilians. “The civilian casualties had 23 per cent increase in …

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Moscow tightens screws on Kabul, accuses it ‘hypocrisy’ in Taliban talks

AT News KABUL: Russia’s senior envoy for Afghanistan on Wednesday accused the Afghan government of hypocrisy as it has resumed long-stalled talked with the Taliban, calling on Kabul to start proper negotiations before it was too late. Zamir Kabulov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special representative on Afghanistan, said that Afghan …

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Khalilzad holds talks with Afghan negotiators

AT News KABUL: Afghanistan’s negotiating team have discussed the mechanics and nuts and bolts of peace talks with U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar, with both the sides reflecting on progress and challenges ahead of the long-stalled negotiations. In a tweet, the Afghan government’s peace team in Doha said …

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‘A silver lining’; Karzai optimistic as Doha talks unfold

We will witness resumption of serious peace talks soon I call on both sides to cease their fighting, especially the Taliban Both sides should stand firm and forge ahead for a lasting peace By Farhad Naibkhel KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai is projecting optimism that serious negotiations will start between …

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Karzai, Abdullah to meet Taliban leaders in Qatar

AT News KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai and chairman of reconciliation council, Abdullah Abdullah are to depart to Qatar on Friday to meet Taliban leaders based in the Persian Gulf Arab state. The meeting was expected to take place last month, but postponed as Abdullah accompanied President Ghani in his …

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Afghanistan tops agenda at SCO summit

AT News KABUL: Afghanistan’s conflict will be dominating the agenda of talks at Shanghai Cooperation Organization Foreign Ministers’ summit on Tuesday and Wednesday in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Afghan Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov have left for Tajikistan to attend the SCO Foreign Ministries summit where the …

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Taliban warn Turkey of ‘consequences’ over its Kabul airport plans

AT News KABUL: Taliban warned Turkey on Tuesday against its plans to provide security for Kabul airport after US-led foreign troops pull out of Afghanistan, warning Ankara of “dire consequences”. In a statement on Tuesday, Taliban opposed the presence of Turkish forces in Afghanistan. “Turkish officials had decided, with the …

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